Monthly Archives: March 2010

Bunny suicides

The success of ebooks on the iPhone is revealed with some new figures here

At the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference, Peter Collingridge of Enhanced Editions gave an interesting presentation about ebooks and reading habits. For example the average reading time is 24 minutes, and whilst Nick Cave’s The Death of Bunny Munro is a popular read in the small hours, Barack Obama is mostly read at lunchtime.

You can view Peter Collingridge’s presentation here.

Writer’s block

Some advice from Ian Rankin – his 10 rules for writing fiction:

    1. Read lots
    2. Write lots
    3. Learn to be self-critical
    4. Learn what criticism to accept
    5. Be persistent
    6. Have a story worth telling
    7. Don’t give up
    8. Know the market
    9. Get lucky
    10. Stay lucky

You can read the full set of advice in the Guardian here


Bacardi and World Book Day

This week sees the annual World Book Day in the UK and Ireland – Thursday 4 March. (Curiously the rest of the world celebrates the day on 23 April.) There will be a range of events, from fancy dress to readings by famous authors, to encourage kids to read books, as well as the gift of a £1 book token to all schoolchildren. Visit the WBD website for full details of events.